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Author Chang, Peter M.

Title Chou Wen-Chung : the life and work of a contemporary Chinese-born American composer / Peter M. Chang.

Imprint Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c2006.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Storage    780.92 Chou,W CHA    Available
Description xiii, 241 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Composers of North America; no. 25
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-234) and index.
Contents Prologue. Chou Wen-Chung's position in contemporary American music ; Elements in Chou's compositional style ; External factors contributing to Chou's success in the West -- A biographic sketch of Chou Wen-Chung. The Chou family (1890s-1927) ; Domestic turmoil and travel (1927-1937) ; Escalation of the war and journey to the Southwest (1941-1945) ; Boston and the road to music (1946-1954) ; New York and Varèse (1949-1954) ; Relearning and interpreting one's own tradition (1954-1959) ; Compositional maturity and recognitions (1960s) ; An active promoter of cultural exchange (1970s-present) -- Chou's works of the 1940s and 1950s. Landscapes (1949) ; All in the Spring wind (1952-1953) ; And the fallen petals (1954) ; In the mode of Shang (1956) ; Two miniatures from T'ang Dynasty (1957) ; Soliloquy of a Bhiksuni (1958) ; Willows are new (1957) and To a wayfarer (1958) ; Chou's vocal works -- Chou's works of the 1960s. Metaphors (1960-1961) ; Cursive (1963) ; The Dark and the light (1964) ; Riding the wind (1964) ; Yu ko (1965) ; Pien (1966) ; Yun (1969) -- Chou's works of the 1980s and 1990s. Beijing in the mist (1986) ; Echoes from the gorge (1989) ; Windswept peaks (1989-1990) ; Concerto for violoncello and orchestra (1990) ; String quartet Clouds (1996) --
The reception of Chou's works. The Stokowski-Varèse circle and the promotion of Chou's early works ; Background of Western interest in Chinese arts ; The U.S. listening public ; Background of the Chinese audience ; Reception of Chou's works in Taiwan ; Reception of Chou's works in Hong Kong ; Reception of Chou's works in Chinese communities in the United States ; Reception of the Landscapes in the United States ; Performances of And the fallen petals in the United States, Europe, and Japan ; Western reviews of And the fallen petals ; Comparing Western and Chinese views of And the fallen petals -- Background of the Chinese approaches to musical synthesis. Western techniques as the backbone for musical synthesis ; Chinese materials as backbone for synthesis ; A new approach to synthesis during the Cultural Revolution 1966-1976 ; Chou's impact on contemporary Chinese music of the Post-Mao era ; Chou's individualistic approach to musical synthesis -- Epilogue. Wenren: the essence of a tradition ; Interpreting Chou's approach to musical fusion. -- Appendix A: List of Chou Wen-Chung's works -- Appendix B: Discography of Chou Wen-Chung's works -- Appendix C: Performance chronology of And the fallen petals.
Subject Chou, Wen-Chung, 1923- -- Criticism and interpretation.
ISBN 0810852969 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780810852969 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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